Today, Steve Jobs announced he would not be the CEO of Apple Inc anymore. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who has the previous chief operating officer. His resignation is mainly due to his health. As most of you know, Steve Jobs has battled cancer throughout the years. In August 2004, he went on leave to have surgery for his pancreatic cancer. In April 2009, he had liver transplant surgery. And recently this year he took medical leave in January. But now, he has left the CEO position.
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
Steve Jobs has had an amazing journey with Apple Inc. He shaped the way we listen to music, he created a revolutionary Mac, and the successful iOS devices. In the year of 1976, he founded
Apple with his partner Steve Wozniak, and only 8 years later he came out with the first Mac computer. Then in 2001, he introduced the first iPod and the iTunes software. In 2007 he created the iPhone and then just a year ago was the revolutionary iPad. But now, his era is over. He is 55 years old. Steve said although he would be stepping down as CEO, he would like to contribute as Apple’s chairman of the board and director. He said he would also like to be an employee of Apple if they allow it.
So what are we going to miss most about Steve? I sure will miss his legendary keynote addresses. He has a flair for doing that!
So this will be interesting to see how Apple will shape out in the next few years. And we will probably see Tim Cook as the keynote presenter next month.
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
-The words of Steve from the Stanford commencement 2005
This quote will always keep with me for life. Give your thoughts below on his resignation, and I have included his speech at the Stanford Commencement.
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